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Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Looks like Gradkowski won't be in Oakland in '11

Gradkowski Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jason Campbell, barring any last minute Draft day declarations (and this IS the Raiders we’re writing about), should be the starting QB next season in Oakland. Owner Al Davis has made it clear he likes Campbell – and perhaps, in part, Campbell is an indirect reason that Tom Cable, who wasn’t as big a fan as his boss, is no longer coaching the squad – and new coach Hue Jackson is on board, as well.

The rest of the QB roster looks like this: Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Kyle Boller and J.T. O’Sullivan. And considering, as the Contra Costa Times reports, Gradkowski – the best player of any of the backups – wasn’t offered a tender, it seems like his days in Oakland might be finished.

Last year, Gradkowski was tendered as a second-round player (meaning he was paid $1.8 million) and was considered insurance for JaMarcus Russell. Then, when Russell spectacularly flamed out, the Raiders acquired Campbell from Washington and named him the starter. But it didn’t take Gradkowski long to get playing time.

He replaced Campbell in the second half of the second game of the season, and for the rest of the year, the two went back and forth, as they battled injuries and, frankly, crappy QB play.

Once a new CBA is reached, Gradkowski could be offered a contract, but Jerry McDonald writes that it’s unlikely. A more likely scenario is that Frye will take over the backup spot and the team might try to sign a developmental quarterback who theoretically could be the team’s future.

Either way, Gradkowski has had success in this league. He deserves a chance to be what he ultimately believes he is: a starting quarterback.

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:05 pm
 

It's Jason Campbell's team now

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The soap opera that had been the week-to-week decision for who would take the Raiders QB spot (you know, if the Oakland locker room was one of those really crappy soap operas) has been cancelled. That’s because the Raiders placed Bruce Gradkowski on the IR list today with a separated shoulder, meaning that Jason Campbell won’t have to compete with anybody to start.

The team also signed J.T. O’Sullivan as the third QB, meaning Kyle Boller is now the backup.

This was a bit of a surprise, because as the Contra Costa Times points out, Gradkowski jogged through team drills Wednesday.

An interesting passage here:

You wonder if Gradkowski’s eagerness to return this season, laudable in a competitor, was something the Raiders simply didn’t want to deal with as the season was coming to a close.

Campbell was signed to an extension after being traded to the Raiders for $4.6 million next season, and it makes sense for the club to let him get those five games in, health permitting, or determine whether to go in a different direction.

“It would be a week a week or two weeks before he could even throw again or practice,’’ coach Tom Cable said. “You look at what’s left on our schedule. It’s just not enough time. I think it was a good decision made to move forward.”


So, for now, the job is for Jason Campbell. Unless Boller makes a play for the spot. Does anybody smell a soap opera reunion show?

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 1:50 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 8:40 pm
 

Waiver wire transactions

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With all its glamour and glitz – and answered prayers and devastating heart breaks – Saturday was cut day. Today is waiver wire day. No glamour and glitz here. Just rediscovery, and possibly, redemption.

Check back here all day where we discuss the players who have been cut and who are rumored to be heading to new locations with new teams.

Dezmon Briscoe, WR, cut by Bengals, signed by Buccaneers
The Bengals coaches were excited about Briscoe when he fell into the sixth round of the 2010 Draft, but he was bothered by injuries in the offseason. Obviously, he was a wanted man. Tampa Bay negotiated to pay him close to the rookie minimum salary of $325,000 just to be on the practice squad this year. That's better than the normal $5,200 a week for a practice squad player.

Stefan Logan, WR, cut by Steelers, signed by Lions
Logan's biggest value isn't at receiver. Instead, he's a solid kick-off and punt returner - he recorded a 26.7 kick return and a 9.3 punt return average last year in Pittsburgh - and he should contribute immediately to the Lions special teams.

Hunter Cantwell, QB, cut by Panthers, signed by Ravens
Cantwell finished fourth out of four QBs in Carolina (Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike all won spots on the team instead of Cantwell), but he's headed to a Ravens squad who could use a third QB. Especially a younger guy, because one reason backup Marc Bulger is there is to teach.

Clifton Geathers, DL, cut by Browns, signed by Dolphins
Geathers is kind of an intriguing project. His hands are bigger than Terrence Cody's, and he's got a massive frame. But he was an underachiever in college at South Carolina, and he couldn't make a dent on Cleveland's depth chart. His brother, Robert, is a successful DE for the Bengals.

Adam Terry, OL, cut by Colts, signed by Chargers

He missed all of last season following microfracture surgery, but the best thing about Terry is his versatility on the line. Between 2006-08, he started at right tackle, left tackle and left guard for Baltimore.

Brandon McDonald, CB, cut by Browns, signed by Cardinals
Despite his classless Tweet about Terrell Owens earlier this preseason, he still has some skills. He's started 27 games in the past three seasons, and he's recorded eight interceptions. He could really help a secondary in Arizona that still has some question marks attached. 

Dan LeFevour, QB, cut by Bears, signed by Bengals
LeFevour had some low points with Chicago - five interceptions in a practice - but he's headed to Cincinnati as the third-string QB. In a bit of a surprising move, the Bengals terminated ties with second-string QB J.T. O'Sullivan, meaning Jordan Palmer now will back up his brother, Carson Palmer.

Bryan McCann, CB, cut by Cowboys, signed by Ravens
The standout SMU player, who was an undrafted free agent coming out of school this year, could contribute immediately to Baltimore's defense and special teams units. Apparently, Dallas hoped to sneak McCann onto its practice squad, but that obviously didn't happen.

Spencer Havner, TE, cut by Packers, signed by Lions
The fact Green Bay cut ties with him was a little surprising, because of Havner's versatility. As evidenced by his four touchdown catches in a four-game span last year, he can also be quite productive. And if need be, he can also play LB.

Zac Robinson, QB, cut by Patriots, signed by Seahawks
The seventh round pick is headed to the Northwest. He had a fantastic career at Oklahoma State, and he did well at the Combine. But he never gained the confidence of Bill Belichick, even when Brian Hoyer, Tom Brady’s backup, didn’t play well in the preseason finale.

Patrick Turner, WR, cut by Dolphins, signed by Jets
He couldn’t beat out two undrafted free agents in Miami, so the 2009 third-round pick is headed tp New York with his former teammate at USC, QB Mark Sanchez. Clayton, though, did not impress Miami’s coaches with his work ethic, and ultimately, he was a debacle in South Florida.

Junior Siavii, NT, cut by Cowboys, signed by Seahawks
Seventh-round supplemental pick Josh Brent beat out Siavii for a spot on Dallas’ roster, and now, Siavii will try to win a job in Seattle. Siavii had a bit of resurgence last season for Dallas, but he hasn’t lived up to his (2004) second-round draft status.


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